Problems After Delivery of Your Baby - Home Treatment
Constipation and hemorrhoids
hemorrhoids may bother you after delivery. To prevent
or ease these symptoms:
- Eat a high-fiber diet with lots of fruits,
vegetables, and whole grains.
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially
water and fruit juices.
- Try a stool softener, such as Colace.
- Do not strain (push hard) during a bowel movement.
more exercise every day.
If you had a tear in your genital area during delivery
(episiotomy), talk to your doctor before using any nonprescription
suppositories for constipation.
To treat the itching or pain of
- Keep the anus clean by wiping carefully after
each bowel movement. Gently wipe from the front to the back. Baby wipes or
hemorrhoid pads are usually more gentle than toilet paper. If you use toilet
paper, use only soft, undyed, unscented toilet paper.
- Take warm
soaks in a tub or a
sitz bath. Warm water can help soothe
hemorrhoids. Add baking soda to the water to relieve itching.
- Do not sit for long periods, especially on hard
Let your doctor know if you are having problems with
constipation or hemorrhoids. He or she may recommend a nonprescription or
prescription medicine to treat your hemorrhoids.
If you had mild swelling from normal fluid buildup when you were pregnant, it may last for days or weeks after you deliver. You are most likely to notice this swelling in your face, hands, or feet. As your body changes back to how it was before you were pregnant, the swelling will go away.
Just as you slowly gained weight during
your pregnancy, it may take some time to lose weight after your baby is born.
Eat a nutritious diet and try to exercise daily. It may take 6 to 8 weeks for
you to get back to your normal activities. As the body returns to its
nonpregnant condition, many women feel they can manage their weight with
healthy eating and exercise. If it is hard for you to lose weight from your
pregnancy, talk to your doctor about your goals. If you are breast-feeding, it
is important to get the right amount of calories and nutrients for your